Indonesian art song: an exploration of Indonesian vocal heritage, phonetics, and song lyrics

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nathaniel Olson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Bracey

Abstract: Indonesian Art Song is a rarely explored category of vocal music for American students and teachers of singing. This is in large part to the relatively unpublished nature of Indonesian vocal music; however, a movement to collect Indonesian art song is taking place in 21st century Indonesia. Classically trained vocalist Aning Katamsi, a performer and vocal teacher well-known throughout the capitol of Indonesia, Jakarta, compiled a collection of Indonesian art songs in 2008 titled Klasik Indonesia: Komposisi Untuk Vokal Dan Piano (Indonesian Classical Compositions for Voice and Piano). The Jakarta Arts Council, a governmental organization dedicated to the preservation of Indonesian culture, published a collection of Indonesian art song in 2013 titled Antologi Musik Klasik Indonesia (Anthology of Indonesian Classical Music). These two publications offer vocalists a new avenue for accessing Indonesian art song and both are accessible online via digital download. Indonesian art song is an attractive area of vocal study given its approachable pronunciation. Indonesian is accessible for native English speakers with highly phonetic pronunciations, use of roman letters, eight vowel sounds, three diphthongs, and syllabic stress that occurs evenly. These simple linguistic characteristics make Indonesian a straightforward choice for vocal students searching for an opportunity to explore a lesser-known repertoire. This study introduces the reader to various song texts, background information, and a pronunciation guide.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Indonesian Art Song, International Phonetic Alphabet
Songs, Indonesian
Indonesian language $x Phonetics
Indonesian language $x Pronunciation
Phonetic alphabet

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